Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Happy Release Day (again) to Sophie Jordan for her debut YA novel Firelight!!!

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Pages: Hardcover 336 pages

Publisher: HarperTeen (September 7, 2010)

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

I will admit a slight reluctance to reading this one at first. I wasn’t too sure about a girl who was a dragon… I mean, come on… a DRAGON?! I now feel like I should go wash all of Sophie Jordan’s laundry now or something because I was completely blown away with this story. There are many forbidden love stories out there and have been since before we were all introduced to Romeo and Juliet, but this one takes it to a new level.

Jacinda is wise beyond her years for a multitude of reasons (main one... she's a draki) and I had to keep reminding myself that she was a sophomore and not a senior in high school. I love that she is written as a wise one because I teach students who are just like her and I love having that strong female lead in books I have on my shelf. Jacinda has many obstacles in her way and constantly fights with not only herself in making the right decisions but also with what is right for her family. She wants to protect them but at the same time realizes that if she lets them have their way, she will become someone she knows she was not created to be… a human.

I was wrapped in Jacinda’s story from start to finish am now pining for the second book in this series with the understanding that I will be pining for about another year… maybe I really can go wash her clothes!

Run out and buy it today (because you can now) and visit Sophie HERE for fun games and more info on her books!!

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